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What is a Functional Capacity Assessment?

September 04, 2020

You may have heard the terms Functional Capacity or a Functional Capacity Assessment before. But what is it really all about? If you’re wondering how it could help you, read on!

What is it?

Functional Capacity refers to a person’s ability to do their daily tasks and activities.

A Functional Capacity Assessment is a thorough in-home evaluation that identifies a person’s needs and support requirements. A Functional Capacity Assessment can help you:

  • describe what you can do yourself and what things you need assistance with
  • identify any needs you have that haven’t been met
  • show what level of support you require
  • provide evidence of your disability and functional capacity

What is involved?

An experienced Occupational Therapist (OT) usually conducts a Functional Capacity Assessment. You can read more about Occupational Therapy here. The assessment will involve:

  1. An OT coming to your house and talking with yourself and your supporters. This is so the OT can understand what your goals are and what is important to you
  2. They may also join in on some of your typical daily tasks with you
  3. The OT may use a tool like Vineland or the Adaptive Behaviour Analysis System (ABAS). This is to gather information from yourself and your supporters
  4. The OT will then write a detailed report about the support you need. They will also make recommendations about what other things may assist you to meet your goals

How long does it take?

A typical assessment will take around 10 hours to complete. However, more complex situations can take up to 15 hours.

What can it do for me?

A Functional Capacity Assessment is evidence of your capacity to do your daily tasks. This means it could help you gain the support you require for your next NDIS plan.


If you would like to know more, please feel free to contact Mamre’s friendly Allied Health Team on (07) 3622 1222 or email [email protected]